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Michael McCaul

Apple's standoff with FBI is about more than one iPhone

Apple's standoff with FBI is about more than one iPhone

In the final Republican presidential primary debate before Super Tuesday, all five of the candidates took the FBI's side in the bureau's dispute with Apple over a terrorist's cellphone that the feds want to decrypt. But do the candidates really know what they're supporting?

Their comments, crackling with applause lines, caused me to agree with my millennial son's observation, "If you want to know how iPhones work, don't turn to a politician."

At issue is an Apple iPhone that was used by Syed Farook, one of two shooters who killed 14 people Dec. 2 in San Bernardino, Calif.

The FBI, which is investigating the case, has a warrant for the information on this phone,...

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